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TPANITZ@mecn.mass.edu

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44 Benefits of CL
Posted: May 1, 1997 12:10 PM
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Dear listers,
I would like to try a slightly different approach to generating
a discussion about collaborative learning. Below is a listing of 44
benefits of CL which have been observed and/or researched by numerous
CL practitioners.

I would appreciate your comments or observations about the list
and addition of new items which may have been overlooked. Please send
responses to the list to see if we can generate some additional
discussion. Personal anecdotes about CL would be great!

The list is very inclusive, however not all the benefits are
realized in every class. Many benefits can be observed to some degree
in individual classes and all are obtained throughout an entire
semester of CL classroom activites.

As a personal opinion it never ceases to amaze me that more
teachers do not use CL or other interactive techniques, considering
the long list of benefits to the students.

I have available an expanded version of the list with more
detailed explanations and references for each benefit for those who
are interested. I won't burden the list with the expanded version.
Please e-mail me directly if you wish to receive the detailed
version.

Regards,
Ted tpanitz@mecn.mass.edu

BENEFITS OF COLLABORATIVE LEARNING
1. DEVELOPS HIGHER LEVEL THINKING SKILLS
2. PROMOTES STUDENT-FACULTY INTERACTION AND FAMILIARITY
3. INCREASES STUDENT RETENTION
4. BUILDS SELF ESTEEM IN STUDENTS
5. ENHANCES STUDENT SATISFACTION WITH THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE
6. PROMOTES A POSITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARD THE SUBJECT MATTER
7. DEVELOPS ORAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS
8. DEVELOPS SOCIAL INTERACTION SKILLS
9. PROMOTES POSITIVE RACE RELATIONS
10. CREATES AN ENVIRONMENT OF ACTIVE, INVOLVED, EXPLORATORY
LEARNING
11 USES A TEAM APPROACH TO PROBLEM SOLVING WHILE MAINTAINING
INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTABILITY
12. ENCOURAGES DIVERSITY UNDERSTANDING
13. ENCOURAGES STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY FOR LEARNING
14. INVOLVES STUDENTS IN DEVELOPING CURRICULUM AND CLASS
PROCEDURES
15. STUDENTS EXPLORE ALTERNATE PROBLEM SOLUTIONS IN A SAFE
ENVIRONMENT
16. STIMULATES CRITICAL THINKING AND HELPS STUDENTS CLARIFY IDEAS
THROUGH DISCUSSION AND DEBATE
17. ENHANCES SELF MANAGEMENT SKILLS
18. FITS IN WELL WITH THE CONSTRUCTIVIST APPROACH
19. ESTABLISHS AN ATMOSPHERE OF COOPERATION AND HELPING
SCHOOLWIDE
20. STUDENTS DEVELOP RESPONSIBILITY FOR EACH OTHER
21. BUILDS MORE POSITIVE HETEROGENEOUS RELATIONSHIPS
22. ENCOURAGES ALTERNATE STUDENT ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES


23. FOSTERS AND DEVELOPS INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
24. MODELLING PROBLEM SOLVING TECHNIQUES BY STUDENTS' PEERS


25. STUDENTS ARE TAUGHT HOW TO CRITICIZE IDEAS, NOT PEOPLE


26. SETS HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS


27. PROMOTES HIGHER ACHIEVEMENT AND CLASS ATTENDANCE .
28. STUDENTS STAY ON TASK MORE AND ARE LESS DISRUPTIVE
29. GREATER ABILITY OF STUDENTS TO VIEW SITUATIONS FROM
OTHERS' PERSPECTIVES (DEVELOPMENT OF EMPATHY)
30. CREATES A STRONGER SOCIAL SUPPORT SYSTEM
31. CREATES A MORE POSITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARD TEACHERS, PRINCIPALS
AND OTHER SCHOOL PERSONNEl BY STUDENTS AND CREATES A MORE POSITIVE
ATTITUDE BY TEACHERS TOWARD THEIR STUDENTS
32. ADDRESSES LEARNING STYLE DIFFERENCES AMONG STUDENTS


33. PROMOTES INNOVATION IN TEACHING AND CLASSROOM TECHNIQUES
..
34. CLASSROOM ANXIETY IS SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED
35. TEST ANXIETY IS SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED
36. CLASSROOM RESEMBLES REAL LIFE SOCIAL AND EMPLOYMENT
SITUATIONS
37. STUDENTS PRACTICE MODELLING SOCIETAL AND WORK RELATED ROLES
38. CL IS SYNERGYSTIC WITH WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM (WAC)
39. CL ACTIVITIES CAN BE USED TO PERSONALIZE LARGE LECTURE
CLASSES
40. SKILL BUILDING AND PRACTICE CAN BE ENHANCED AND MADE LESS
TEDIOUS THROUGH CL ACTIVITIES IN AND OUT OF CLASS. 41. CL ACTIVITIES
PROMOTE SOCIAL AND ACADEMIC RELATIONSHIPS WELL BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
AND INDIVIDUAL COURSE
42. CL PROCESSES CREATE ENVIRONMENTS WHERE STUDENTS CAN PRACTICE
BUILDING LEADERSHIP SKILLS.
43. CL INCREASES LEADERSHIP SKILLS OF FEMALE STUDENTS
44. IN COLLEGES WHERE STUDENTS COMMUTE TO SCHOOL AND DO NOT
REMAIN ON CAMPUS TO PARTICIPATE IN CAMPUS LIFE ACTIVITIES, CL CREATES
A COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENT WITHIN THE CLASSROOM.

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+4+5+6+7+8+9+10+11+12+13+14+15+16+17+18+19+20+21+22=

Ted Panitz-----
Cape Cod Community College 508-362-2131 ext 4421 2240
Iyanough Rd. fax- who cares??! W.
Barnstable, MA 02668 e-mail--tpanitz@mecn.mass.edu

23+24+25+26+27+28+29+30+31+32+33+34+35+36+37+38+39+40+41=
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111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
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2,071,723 X 5,363,222,357 = 11,111,111,111,111,111
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
1,111,111,111,111,111,111 is prime!
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